The Weekend Cocktail: The Mint Julep

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BY GWEN KENNEALLY

The reason that I am probably not a good horseracing gambler is that I pick the horse with the prettiest eyes or the most clever name! With all eyes on Church Hill Downs this weekend The Kentucky Derby will showcase some of the most amazing horses, trainers and jockeys! And did I mention the hats?

year we have the top Derby contenders being Uncle Mo, Gourmet Dinner, J P’s Gusto, Comma To The Top, Rouge Romance, Stay Thirsty and To Honor and to Serve! Sounds like a delicious and lusty race! The Mint Julep is well known as the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, a position it has held since it was first served in 1875. Each year over 100,000 juleps are served at Churchill Downs over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby. Since I have already established that I am not a gambling woman you know that this Mint Julep is a sure thing! Enjoy while watching all of the excitement! Cheers!

The Mint Julep

2 ounces minted simple syrup

4-6 cups crushed ice

4 ounces bourbon

Fresh mint sprig, for garnish (Spearmint is the official mint of the derby)

Start with two highball glasses or two silver Julep cups then add minted simple syrup, then 1 cup crushed ice, bourbon, and splash of water. Fill the glasses to the top with ice and garnish with mint sprigs.

Minted Simple Syrup

1-cup water

1-cup sugar

1 bunch mint

In heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together water and sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase heat slightly, and then simmer 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Take pan off heat; add mint leaves and steep 15 minutes. Strain, and then refrigerate syrup until cold, about 3 hours.

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